WGBH Forum Network; Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not?
Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not? Paul D. Biddinger, chairman, MAMC Committee on Preparedness Lisa Stone, hospital preparedness coordinator, MDPH Stephen Smith, public health reporter, Boston Globe Real and predicted calamities during the last decade have placed a sharp focus on America's need to prepare for disaster. In particular, Hurricane Katrina showed the nation just how devastating a lack of preparation can be. Massachusetts now faces a host of questions about our ability to respond to emergency situations, whether it be an LNG tank explosion or an avian flu pandemic. Officials are raising their voices to say we need to do more, and do it soon. But is anyone listening? With the State Legislature yet to act on a pandemic preparations bill and hospital emergency rooms throughout the Commonwealth already operating beyond capacity, just how ready is our state to cope with a major disaster? What really needs to be done to prepare? And what are the consequences of inaction?
More material may be available from this program at the WGBH Archives. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program has not been digitized yet or cannot be made available on Open Vault.
- WGBH Forum Network
- Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not?
- Program Number
- Series Description
The WGBH Forum Network is an audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders. These events are hosted by world-class cultural and educational organizations in the Greater Boston area. Through this online service thousands of interested people across the world partake of these lectures from the comfort of their home or office at any time they choose. We are proud of the role we serve in our community, of protecting and projecting the public voice; and of informing and inspiring that public voice to foster deeper understanding of and civic engagement in important issues.
- Program Description
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN MASSACHUSETTS: READY OR NOT? PAUL D. BIDDINGER, CHAIRMAN, MAMC COMMITTEE ON PREPAREDNESS LISA STONE, HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR, MDPH STEPHEN SMITH, PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTER, BOSTON GLOBE
REAL AND PREDICTED CALAMITIES DURING THE LAST DECADE HAVE PLACED A SHARP FOCUS ON AMERICA'S NEED TO PREPARE FOR DISASTER. IN PARTICULAR, HURRICANE KATRINA SHOWED THE NATION JUST HOW DEVASTATING A LACK OF PREPARATION CAN BE. MASSACHUSETTS NOW FACES A HOST OF QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, WHETHER IT BE AN LNG TANK EXPLOSION OR AN AVIAN FLU PANDEMIC. OFFICIALS ARE RAISING THEIR VOICES TO SAY WE NEED TO DO MORE, AND DO IT SOON. BUT IS ANYONE LISTENING? WITH THE STATE LEGISLATURE YET TO ACT ON A PANDEMIC PREPARATIONS BILL AND HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH ALREADY OPERATING BEYOND CAPACITY, JUST HOW READY IS OUR STATE TO COPE WITH A MAJOR DISASTER? WHAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PREPARE? AND WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF INACTION?
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- Event Coverage
- Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not?,” 05/03/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 26, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F283BF09FD124A71AF1192AC2693136E.
- MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not?.” 05/03/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 26, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F283BF09FD124A71AF1192AC2693136E>.
- APA: WGBH Forum Network; Disaster Preparedness in Massachusetts: Ready or not?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F283BF09FD124A71AF1192AC2693136E